Moran Shipyard in Seattle completes 12 steamships on May 25, 1898.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 1/01/1999
  • Essay 771
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On May 25, 1898, Seattle's Moran Shipyard completes 12 175-foot steamships for service in the Klondike Gold Rush.

Construction began on January 1, 1898, along the Seattle waterfront at 1st Avenue S and S Connecticut Street (renamed S Royal Brougham Way). More than 2,100 workers were employed to build the ships.

On June 1, 1898, the vessels steamed away en masse for Alaska, from where the gold seekers would cross the international border into Canada and the Klondike gold fields.


Paul Dorpat, Seattle Now & Then, Vol. 1 (Seattle: Tartu Publications, 1984), Story 24.

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